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Members Give Tully Fitness Director Hope

As executive director of the fitness center at the Tully Health Center in Stamford, Jinger Berry sees firsthand the benefits of exercise. Nearly half of the center's 3,500 members will run, ride or walk in Sunday's Hope In Motion to support the Bennett Cancer Center.

"I will see a lot of the members there,'' says Berry, who has supervised the fitness center since it opened nine years ago. "A lot of them are on different teams. A lot of them do it to be with their friends. It's a social event."

Now in its 16th year, Hope In Motion is one of the county's largest and longest-running charitable events. Last year, nearly 4,500 people participated. There were 389 finishers in the 5K, which was won by Stamford's Jan Sepko. Greenwich's Shannon Duff won the women's race.

Berry runs a pre-event warm-up before the 5K. Many of the runners work out at the Tully Center, which helps people rehabilitating from injuries, surgeries and illnesses. "Our goal is to get them back to feeling as good, if not better, than they were before they got sick,'' Berry said.

Besides the 5K, Hope In Motion also includes a 50-mile bike ride and a 5K walk. All the events start at Columbus Park in downtown Stamford. Registration opens at 7 a.m., and the bike ride begins at 7:30 a.m. The race goes off at 9:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:30 a.m.

Nearly all the runners, bikers and walkers raise money for the Bennett Cancer Center, which is part of Stamford Hospital. As of Thursday, supporters had raised more than $737,000. The goal is $1 million.

The race is run in memory of former Old Greenwich resident Caryl Robotti-Krasniewicz, a past cancer patient and avid runner who died in 2001.

"All of us have been touched in some way by cancer,'' Berry said. "There are a lot of people in the walk and the run. This is a cause that's important to them."

You can learn more about the event on the Hope In Motion website.

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